Updated Jul 16, 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic and Township Office Update: 

Effective Thursday June 24, 2021

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services along with Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration have lifted face covering and social distancing requirements for the Township Hall.  Tools to access Township services listed below will remain in place.

Tools to access Township services

  • Permit forms, Assessing information forms, Tax information and much more can be accessed from this website under Departments.  Also, check out this main page of the website for current general information.
  • You may email the Township at info@sjct.org.
  • Secured, camera monitored, and frequently checked drop boxes, both curbside and at the building to the left of the main entrance door are available to drop off payments and other documents.
  • You may send information via postal mail to St. Joseph Charter Township, P.O. Box 147, St. Joseph, MI 49085.  Our mail is collected M-F.
  • You may phone the Township on the main line at  (269) 429-7703.  Building Inspector (269) 930-2453.  The main phone line is answered M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • TextMyGov is a new smartphone texting application that allows you to text in a number to look up Township information.  You may also text in a number that will allow you to receive notifications from the Township.  See the TextMyGov section on this website for more information on how to get started.
  • The Township also sends information to its Facebook page at St. Joseph Charter Township.

  Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep our residents and employees healthy and safe. 

National Night Out - 

Please click here for information on National Night Out to be help august 3rd at Maiden Lane Park.

Benton Township Water Project starting week of 6/21/2021 and ending 7/26/2021

Colfax Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic between Napier Avenue to Nickerson Avenue and there will be temporary intersection closures to traffic.  All southbound traffic along Colfax will need to use detour route or seek alternative routes.  Intersection closures at Elmside Road, Messner Drive, and Elise Drive will occur during portions of the water project.  Detour routes:  Napier Avenue to M-139 to Nickerson Avenue. 

St. Joseph River Celebration -   

PBS Michiana WNIT, will be airing the documentary, “Then, Now, and Always… The St. Joseph River Story.  This documentary is all about the story of the St. Joe River from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan.    TV Airdate – Channel 34.1 on September 9th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

This summer, there are things happening in communities all along the river from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan.  For more information, visit www.wnit.org/celebratethestjoe

In St. Joseph Charter Township, check out Carronde Park which is located at 2650-2698 Riverbend Dr., Benton Harbor, MI, right on the St. Joseph River.  Carronde offers a softball field, a tennis court, fishing, 2 pavilions available for rent, children’s playground equipment, boat dock/launch and restrooms.

Zoning Ordinance Revisions – 

At the July 12, 2021 St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved proposed Zoning Ordinance Revisions.  The approved Zoning Ordinance Revisions will go into effect July 19, 2021. Click here to view the ordinance revisions. Click here to view zoning ordinance revision map. Copies of the ordinances are also available at the Township Hall, 3000 Washington Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085

Short-Term Rental Legislation - 

HB 4722 is moving fast in the House of Representatives and an identical bill is also moving in the Senate.  If it becomes law, proposed short-term rental legislation in Michigan may have an impact on your neighborhood.  For further information visit: http://blogs.mml.org/wp/inside208/author/jrigterinkmml-org/?nomobile

Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancies - 

The Township has two openings on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  The Zoning Board of Appeals hears all questions that arise in administration of the zoning ordinance.  The Zoning Board of Appeals makes interpretations of the zoning ordinance, hears variance requests, hears appeals from administrative determinations by zoning officials or bodies and other matters assigned by the zoning ordinance.  Desirable applicants should be qualified by experience and/or training in matters related to land use and planning and/or zoning such as:  architecture, building construction/engineering, GIS/AutoCAD, Land Use Planning, Real Estate/Development/Law, Zoning.  Members must be St. Joseph Charter Township residents from outside of the Village of Shoreham.  Terms are three years and members receive a per diem compensation for each meeting attended.

Meetings are held as needed at the Township Hall.  Dates and times vary.  Click here for an application.

2021 Community Recycling Event For Berrien County Residents  

For information on Berrien County recycling events viist http://www.berriencounty.org/564/Berrien-County-Community-Recycling-Event  or email recycle@berriencounty.org or call 269-983-7111 x8234  

Yard Waste - 

Yard waste pickup begins April 1st on your regularly scheduled pickup day.

Clean Sweep Pesticide Collection Event -

Michigan Clean Sweep is a free, safe disposal option for unwanted agriculture pesticides. The Clean Sweep Pesticide collections for the Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren county area are Wednesday, June 23, and Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Clean Sweep is open to all Michigan farmers, greenhouses, golf courses, pesticide retailers, and individuals. Accepted items are pesticides which include all the classes of “cides” – fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and rodenticides. Fertilizers are NOT accepted as part of Clean Sweep unless they are a component of a pesticide formulation. 

Participants must register at least two weeks prior to the event. The registration process is simple and designed to help organizers be prepared for incoming materials. A registration form can be obtained at www.berriencounty.org/465/Clean-Sweep-Pesticide-Collections, or contact the Berrien County Parks Department at 269-983-7111 x8234 or email recycle@berriencounty.org. Registration forms are also available through Conservation District and MSU-Extension offices.

After registration, participants will be given a general drop off time and directions to the collection event. The event takes place on the Berrien County Road Department property in Benton Harbor. 

Over 266,500 pounds of pesticides have been collected and disposed safely through the Berrien County site since it began. This state-wide grant program is administered by the Michigan Department of Ag and Rural Development and funds waste pesticide collection sites throughout Michigan. The next closest Clean Sweep collection program site is in Kalamazoo. Contact the Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center directly for more information, www.kalcounty.com/hhw or call 269-373-5211.

Property Tax Payments – 

In order to keep you and our employees safe, we encourage you to mail your tax payments to the Township Hall at P.O. Box 147, St. Joseph, MI 49085 OR place them in the curbside drop box or the drop box slit to the left of the main entrance door at the Township Hall. Both drop boxes are secured - locked and under surveillance. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope and a receipt will be mailed to you.

If you need in-person assistance, you may ring the doorbell on the front entrance of the Township Hall.  If you are wearing a proper face covering, (Halloween masks and face coverings with holes are not acceptable) you will be allowed into the lobby through an automatic door opening system.  There may be a short delay as Township staff will buzz you in when they have finished helping those that arrived before you.  

TextMyGov -

The Township has launch TextMyGov as an additional method of communication for our St. Joseph Charter Township residents. 

Using the regular messaging app on any smartphone, the smart texting technology allows residents to ask questions and get immediate responses, find links to information on the Township's website, address problems, report issues and upload photos by texting (269)-421-4001. Click here to view flyer.

It also allows the Township to communicate information to residents in a timely manner.  To have updates texted to you: under messaging type in 91896 then type in SJCTOWNSHIP.  Click here to view flyer. 

Beginning January 14th, an icon that you may click on for further information on TextMyGov will be located on the lower right corner of the main page of the Township's Website.

Dog Licenses - 

All renewal forms have been mailed out by Berrien County Animal Control (BCAC):

  1. Mail the renewal form and check (and proof of rabies or spay/neuter) back to the county.
  2. Create an online account where you can pay using a credit card (there is a fee).
  3. If it is a new puppy, there is a form on the county’s website to download, fill out and mail along with payment to the county.
  4. You can call BCAC and make an appt. to go in and get the license.

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

Please click here to see pages 1-50 of the Parks & Recreation Plan.  Please click here to see pages 51-102.

Check out our Facebook page!

It's St. Joseph Charter Township with a picture of the hall.   Click https://www.facebook.com/St-Jo...to go directly.   If you "like" and "follow" you can be up on the latest happenings in the township.   You can also get information at https://www.facebook.com/SJTwp..., the St. Joseph Township Police Department.   Also check out our fire departments pages, https://www.facebook.com/Sjctf..., https://www.facebook.com/sjctf....


For Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) please click on the following:

FOIA- Public Summary Of Procedures And Guidelines

FOIA- Procedures And Guidelines




Property Tax Information

Property tax information is available online at www.bsaonline.com.  Click on the big green check mark to set up an account.  Our information is listed under the Berrien County blue bar, click on "St. Joseph Charter Township", then "Click Here" on the next page, type in the address and follow directions.    Tax inquiries for property owners are free of charge for any property that they own.  All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each.  You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (269) 932-0269.

Master Plan

Master Plan Part 1 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 2 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 3 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 4 Of 4 2017

Updated Jul 16, 2021

Special Meetings

  • When scheduled, links to special meeting information will appear below.

Township Meetings

Township Board of Trustees 1st Monday of the Month 12 pm - Workshop 6 pm - Regular Meeting

Planning Commission 6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Monthly

Zoning Board of Appeals 7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)

Meetings are held at the Township Hall and are open to the Public.

2021 Dates the Office will be Closed

Friday, April 2nd- Spring Holiday

Friday, May 28th & Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, July 2nd & Monday, July 5th - Fourth of July

Friday, September 3rd & Monday, September 6th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th - Thanksgiving

Friday, December 24th & Monday, December 27th - Christmas

Monday, January 3rd - New Year's